Quick Tip: How to Customize Orbit/Pan Settings in Fusion 360

Jeff Smith February 28, 2022 1 min read

Ready to transition to Autodesk Fusion 360 from another CAD tool? Customizing your orbit/pan settings can go a long way in making your transition easier.

Customizing orbit/pan settings is one of the first points I cover when teaching new users. Fusion 360 allows you to customize your orbit/pan settings to make your transition from products like Solidworks and Tinkercad easier. Simply head over to your name in the upper right-hand corner of the dashboard. From that drop-down menu, select Preferences.

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From the Preferences menu, on the main screen for General, select the drop-down menu from Pan, Zoom, Orbit Shortcuts. From this drop-down, you have several program choices. The default will be Fusion 360. You can also select from the other options, including Inventor, Solidworks, Alias, and Tinkercad. Kudos to Autodesk for adopting a design mindset for this user experience.

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Now, your Pan, Zoom, and Orbit tools will function like the program you are coming over to Fusion 360 from. Here’s a quick list of what these different short-cuts do:

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Alias

Inventor (Windows only)

SolidWorks

Tinkercad

PowerMill

Note: The PowerMill preset uses its own Default Orbit type.

I hope this Quick Tip helps make your transition to Fusion 360 a smooth one, and keep modeling! Check out this help guide for a full tutorial on setting and adjusting your Fusion 360 preferences.

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